The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey will be hosting Harvest Fest 2012 Friday, September 28th -Sunday, September 30th. Food, wine and the arts will take center stage as this year's harvest and grape crush are celebrated. Blues, Spanish, Brazilian jazz, rock-n-roll and Mariachi music will sound through the vineyards. Chili roasting, local produce and local art are all in the mix, as well as a ten acre corn maze planted by Colon Orchards. Those who make it through the maze can pick out a free pumpkin at the end.
There is no admission charge to Harvest Fest, and parking is free. The festival itself will be on the winery grounds in Caņon City. Saturday's hours are 10:00-6:00 and Sunday from 10:00-5:00. The festival will begin Saturday at 10:00am with the Blessing of the 2012 Harvest, offered by Abbot Kenneth Hein.
Ingrid Willard, the Caņon City artist who won the winery's Harvest Fest 2012 art competition with her whimsical Winery Angels, will be on hand to autograph posters. Many other artists and crafters will have their wares on display to sell.
All Seasons Catering of Pueblo will be preparing the Mexican food buffet this year. The buffet is a feature attraction of the festival. Other delectable foods will include an assortment of crepes by A La Carte of Westcliffe, freshly baked breads and local cheeses. The newest food vendor, Island Style BBQ, is sure to be a crowd-pleaser with their Kahlua Pork, fried catfish, and Hawaiian rolls.
Colon Family Orchards, one of the oldest producing family farms in Caņon, will roast fresh chili peppers and sell home-grown produce. As well as the corn maze, the Colons will be offering hay rides behind the John Deere tractor around the Abbey property.
This year's author, Paula Mitchell of Denver, Colorado, will be autographing her most recent guide book, Exploring Colorado Wineries. Paula has toured all the wineries in the book, and has a plethora of information about each one.
Wayne Hammerstadt's Jazz Quartet open the fest with their Jazz ensemble on Saturday Morning. Saturday afternoon's entertainment features the sounds of Caņon City's own Deja Blues. Sunday morning will open with the tranquil sounds of Mistura Bela, a 5 piece ensemble featuring Spanish and Brazilian jazz, followed by The Marquez Brothers Mariachis of Pueblo. Another Pueblo favorite, Blue Pepper Trio, will be the final act of the day. Jump-Around of Caņon City is hosting safe affordable fun for the younger set.
For more information, call the winery directly at 1-877-HCA-WINE (877-422-9463) or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.